Enhance your home’s natural assets to turn your bathroom into a peaceful personal sanctuary. Looking for inspiration? Look no further!
Soak up the Sun
Awash with natural light, this bathroom features oversized windows, a high-gloss floor and the copious use of bright white paint for an industrial-chic edge. To balance its strictly contemporary feel, a traditional Victorian bath, painted a sunny shade of daffodil, forms a quirky counterpoint. Buy a similar freestanding ball-and-claw bath at Victorian Bathrooms, or breathe new life into a fortuitous salvage-yard find with a lick of fresh paint.
Freestanding floor-mounted mixers in polished or satin-finish stainless steel from Agape’s Square collection (available at Lavo Bathroom Concepts) are designed to regulate temperature by way of a tap lever – the more the tap is opened, the hotter the water. Known as ‘progressive mixers’, flow-control levers like this save electricity as they allow for the gradual heating of water.
Let the Outdoors In
While a dream for many, an outdoor bath with all the plumbing and privacy issues to consider is not always a practical option. A stylish compromise is to open the bathroom to the outside environment using floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Keeping the interior decor minimalist ensures it doesn’t detract from the natural backdrop. In this eco-inspired space by Italian bathroom-design company Agape, the fluid, concave lines of Benedini Associati’s Spoon XL bath and washbasin echo the organic forms found in the natural world.
Go with the Flow
With a high-impact cityscape as its striking backdrop, this well-groomed bathroom seamlessly incorporates the contemporary design aesthetic of its open-plan apartment setting. It creates an easy synergy between the living spaces, and lends harmony to the overall decorating scheme. Designed by Italian architect-designer Antonio Citterio as part of Hansgrohe’s luxury division (available from On Tap), the fixtures and finishes of the Axor Citterio M bathroom blur the line between style and serviceability. The bathroom becomes the ultimate urban enclave: a sanctuary for the soul in the heart of the city.
Create a dialogue between concept and context by bringing fittings traditionally reserved for the living areas of the home into the bathroom space. Here, a handsome metro-modern storage unit functions both as a practical support for the bathroom basins and as an effective room divider.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
A deco-inspired mirrored rose mosaic by Fap Ceramiche adorns a feature wall in this retro style bathroom, adding a touch of glamour to the strictly monochromatic space. The sinuous curves of the wall design are repeated in the tendril motif of the black and white floor tiles. This adds a graphic decorative element to the sophisticated space. It is offset by the strict geometry of the pinstripes on the remaining walls, austere black dados and ceiling insets. Order Fap Ceramiche tiles through Italcotto.
Margie Ford, owner of specialist mosaic design company Mosaics Etc, offers a trio of essential tiling tips.
1. Trace your design onto a paper template, then cover it first with transparent plastic, and then with carpet meshing. Arrange tiles of equal thickness on the mesh according to your design, gluing as you go. When dry, peel off the plastic, then butter your mosaic surface with adhesive and apply the tiled design to the surface, grouting it when set.
2. The reflective surfaces of mirrored tiles, cut or broken, work well in bathrooms. They add lustre and depth to what are often quite small spaces.
3. When choosing your materials, carefully consider what you will use the surface of the mosaic for. Porous tiles, for instance, are unsuitable on a splashback above a basin. Your tile supplier will be able to advise you on the most appropriate products for your specific mosaic.
Text: Genevieve Fisher